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Maurice Easy, 75; RAF Radar Expert

September 29, 1987|Associated Press

LONDON — Maurice Easy, a British radar expert who invented a way for the Royal Air Force to bomb German targets at night, died Sept. 21, The Times of London reported Monday. He was 75.

The cause and place of his death were not reported.

Easy's project, code named Oboe, guided aircraft by two radio signals from separate ground stations in England during World War II.

The first station directed a signal over the target and the bomber traveled along it with the pilot steering a course by hearing a continuous note like that of an oboe. Equipment in the bomber radiated a signal back to a second base.

When the bomber neared its target, the second base began transmitting another series of signals. When they ceased the bombardier released his bombs.

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